It’s usually a good sign when a TV series is renewed for a second season before the first episode of the show premieres. That really turned out to be the case for the Netflix series The Witcher, reportedly the most popular streaming show in the world at one time, and the second most popular series for 2019 on the industry-leading streamer (after Stranger Things).
We have some clues as to when season 2 will end The Witcher will premiere, as well as the first photo from the season, so now the question becomes: What’s next for Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri? Here’s everything we know about the second season of The Witcher still.
In October, Netflix revealed the first photo of Henry Cavill as Geralt during season 2 of The Witcher.
New armor, same wizard. Here̵7;s your first look at Henry Cavill as Geralt in @witchernetflix season 2. pic.twitter.com/Hx7UCpzrTW
– Netflix UK and Ireland (@NetflixUK) October 5, 2020
The titular monster hunter is seen with a new armor set in the picture, but looks as stoic as ever.
One of the most important additions to the cast of The Witcher announced at the end of February, with Kills Eve actor Kim Bodnia (below) played as Vesemir.
As fans of the Witcher franchise know, Vesemir is one of the oldest wizards still alive, and a father figure to Geralt. One of the only survivors of the infamous massacre of Kaer Morhen who eliminated almost all sorcery from the school where Geralt was educated and raised, Vesemir is fiercely protective of the few remaining wizards and also becomes a mentor to Ciri during his early years with Geralt.
One week earlier, Netflix confirmed that a group of new members had joined The Witcher during season 2.
The continent only got a little bigger. Here is the new role in #TheWitcher season 2:
Yasen Atour as Coen
Agnes Björn as Vereena
Paul Bullion as Lambert
Christopher Hivju as levels
Thue Ersted Rasmussen as Eskel
Aisha Fabienne Ross as Lydia
Mecia Simson as Francesca
– ⚰️ ???? NXorcisten ???????? (@NXOnNetflix) February 21, 2020
The second season of The Witcher is ready for one Game of Thrones crossover of various kinds, as the actor Kristofer Hivju (below) has joined the roles. Hivju portrayed the fan-favorite character Tormund Giantsbane in the HBO series and will play the cursed nobleman Nivellen during season 2 of The Witcher.
Agnes Björn will portray Vereena, a woman closely related to Nivellen in Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels “Witcher Saga”. Both Aisha Fabienne Ross and Mecia Simson will play witches in the second season, with Ross playing Lydia and Simson playing River Francesca.
Thue Ersted Rasmussen was originally played as Eskel, a magician from Wolf’s School, where Geralt trained. However, due to planning problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rasmussen was forced to leave the role. He was quickly replaced by Basil Eidenbenz, according to a report by Den of Geek. Eskel is a key figure in both the novels and the popular video game franchise that inspired them, and one of Geralt’s closest friends.
The two remaining characters on the list were first reported to join the series a few weeks before Rasmussen’s first announcement.
Peaky Blinders and The Bastard executioner actor Paul Bullion (above) will portray Lambert, another wizard from the Wolf of School. Lambert’s presence during season 2 suggests that fans will learn more about Geralt’s early years and the training he endured to become a magician.
Connection to season 2 will also be Hit back actor Yasen Atour, who will portray the magician Coën. A lesser-known wizard who comes from Griffin’s school, Coën played an important role in Ciri’s formative years in The Witcher novels.
Cameras are rolling
Production on season 2 of The Witcher resumed on 17 August. To make the announcement, Netflix channeled the poetic skills of Geralt’s favorite bard, Jaskier, on Twitter.
I dust off my pen and quill,
I have some news, some mead to spill:
After all the months we have been apart
It is time for production to restart.
The Witcher and his bard – who’s flawless,
Reunited on August 17.
– The Witcher (@witchernetflix) June 22, 2020
In the UK, Arborfield / Longcross Studios opened for business in late summer after being among the first UK studios to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Hollywood, leading to many production delays and forcing studios to postpone premieres. The Witcher was no exception, as Netflix reportedly stopped production on season 2 of the series in mid-March due to the outbreak.
The decision was particularly remarkable to make The Witcher the first major TV show to be produced in the UK for stopping production due to the pandemic.
One month before The Witcher premiere on Netflix, the series renewed for a second season on the streaming service.
Geralt’s adventure just begins …
The Witcher has been renewed for season 2! pic.twitter.com/6iPrUFeujI
– Netflix (@netflix) November 13, 2019
During a Reddit AMA on January 7, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich showed that the series is aimed at a return in 2021 for season 2, but could not offer more specific details on the schedule. No official release date has been announced right now.
The family comes first in season 2
After introducing Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri (below) in the show’s first season, the second season will explore the powerful bands they share.
According to showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, their unconventional family dynamics will be a central theme during season 2.
“What I think is really fun about Geralt and Ciri is that they are the most unexpected family you can imagine. You have a magician whose only job is to kill things for the money and you have a little girl who is trying to escape from her past, Hissrich told The Wrap. “When you come out of season 1, you have a pretty good sense of who Ciri is, you have a pretty good sense of who Geralt is. And now we have to throw everything in a mixer and see what happens when two people who are completely different have to be forced together under circumstances. ”
“There will be two strangers coming together for the first time and hearing, ‘No, you will be together forever,'” she added. “I think their growth to become a father and daughter is one of my favorite parts of the series.”
But Geralt’s relationship with Ciri will not be the only family dynamic explored.
“When you start imagining someone’s family, you also have to understand their family of origin. Sometimes it’s a mother and father, sometimes it’s blood relatives. For Geralt, it’s his brothers, it’s the witches’ brotherhood, ”Hissrich explained. “So I’m very happy to come back and meet Vesemir, his father figure, for the first time and all these men he was raised with since he was seven years old.”
First set of photos
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich gave fans her first, official photo from the set The Witcher season 2 in April. Although the image did not reveal any details about the season, it made it clear that the next season of the series is in the minds of its creative team as much as its fans.
#tbt a month ago on the set of @witchernetflix.
The sun will rise again. Until then, stay home and be safe. pic.twitter.com/1PbeUa9YaO
– Lauren S. Hissrich (@LHissrich) April 10, 2020
The story continues
Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said in early January that the season will likely develop into a more straightforward story, unlike the several parallel timelines that covered most of the first season’s story.
“The story will be much more linear [in season 2], now that the stories of the three characters have begun to cross, she explained.
The first season of The Witcher was mainly adapted from The last wish and The sword of fate, two collections of short stories set before the events of the author Andrzej Sapkowski Witcher Saga. These stories served as a prequel to the events depicted in Sapkowski’s main series and explored the early years of the three main characters – Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri – and how their paths first crossed.
In an interview with ComicBook.com in December 2019, the series’ executive producer Tomek Baginski indicated that the series could not fit all the content from these collections during the first season of The Witcher. This has led to speculation that the second season will deliver the rest of these groundbreaking adventures as they begin to explore the events of the primary saga.
Nothing official has been confirmed so far, though, and season 2 could really take the trio’s story in some unexpected directions.
Series stars Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra and Freya Allan have all been confirmed to return for season 2 of The Witcher, reprising their roles as Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri, respectively.
Confirmation of the trio’s return was accompanied by the season 2 announcement from Netflix, with The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich tells Deadline: “I’m so happy that before fans have even seen our first season, we can confirm that we’re returning to The Continent again to continue telling the stories of Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri. ”
Updated October 5, 2020: Added the first photo from season 2.